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3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3417
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Staff and Contact Information

The Reverend Dr. Kate Cress, Rector

THE CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

Jae Park, Assistant Conductor
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist
Canon James Buonemani, Artistic Director & Organist-Choirmaster

Bill Vestal, Artistic Director, Classical Sundays at Six

Justin Baker, Production Manager
Adolfo Angulo, Program Coordinator
Michael Macapagal, House Manager
Tina Gonzales, Marketing
Richie Guerra, Video Producer


3903 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90010

Saint James Music Office: 213/388-3015

Email: GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org

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We are located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles, two blocks west of Western Avenue. Ramp accessible.

Metro Purple Line: Wilshire/Western station, then walk two blocks west.

Street parking available with additional free concert parking at 3926 Wilshire Blvd. across from the front of the church.

Pandemic Protocols

We our commited to provide as safe an environment as possible. The wearing of face masks is optional but may become mandatory if required by pandemic protocols. Proof of vaccination or boosters is no longer required, but highly recommended.


Please come and enjoy our concerts free of charge. Seating is available at full capacity on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets are no longer required.


Thank you for your cooperation.

PARKING

Free Parking available across from the front of church at 3926 Wilshire Blvd.

DIRECTIONS FOR FREE PARKING:

IF DRIVING NORTH ON ST. ANDREWS AWAY FROM WILSHIRE: Turn left on 6th street; Turn left on Wilton Pl; Turn left on Wilshire; When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

IF DRIVING SOUTH ON ST. ANDREWS TOWARD WILSHIRE: Turn left on Wilshire, then an immediate right onto St. Andrew’s Place; Turn right on Ingraham; Turn right on S. Wilton Pl.; then turn right on Wilshire Blvd. When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

PLEASE EXIT NO LATER THAN 7:30 PM, OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED IN!!

International Laureates Organ Series

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 for St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Los Angeles, by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country’s most important and magnificent instruments.

We celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the rebuilding of this magnificent pipe organ at St. James Church as well as the launching of our series Great Music at Saint James. The International Laureates Organ Series was established in 1996 by a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation which continues its support today. The series has welcomed over 150 of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world.  

Presented this season under the umbrella of Classical Sundays at Six, the International Laureates Organ Series welcomes Canadian organist Maxine Thevenot, British organists James Kealey and David Briggs, and American organists Steven TharpJonathan Ryan and  Damin Spritzer. (Please note that this series will no longer follow Evensongs on the 2nd Sundays of the month, except for February 12, 2023. Please see the schedule for specific dates.)

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge, and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support. Free. Donations accepted.

Classical Sundays at Six

Beginning in 1948 at Exposition Park under the name “Sundays Live,” Classical Sundays at Six is now presented at St. James in-the-City as part of our broader offerings of Great Music at Saint James. It is the oldest continuing chamber music series in Southern California. 

Offered from October through May at 6 PM, Classical Sundays at Six features chamber, orchestral, and solo artists from Southern California and around the globe streaming live and on-demand. We are pleased to have Classical Sundays at Six incorporate two “Emerging Artists” programs from the Colburn School as well as five programs from the International Laureates Organ Series. Together with the Choir of Saint James featured in our series of Evensongs, Great Music at St. James continues to make St. James in-the-City an inspirational concert destination from October through May. Free. Donations accepted.

Solemn Evensong

The semi-professional Choir of Saint James distinguished itself in 1996 as the first American Choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. They have since completed four tours of the British Isles and are pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:15 PM. 

Please note the new, earlier starting time and that there are no Evensongs in January or April. Please also note that the International Laureates Organ Series no longer follows Evensongs, with the exception of February 12, but are scheduled on other dates as part of our Classical Sundays at Six. Please see the schedule for details. Free. Donations accepted.

Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2022. Free. Donations accepted.

Friends of Great Music

We are grateful to our Friends of Great Music whose support has made our musical offerings possible. If you are not already a Friend of Great Music at St James, please consider becoming one. 

Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged in all our Evensong, Organ Recital and Classical Sundays at Six programs (unless otherwise requested). 

Special thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation (major support given to the International Laureates Organ Series) and to the Colburn Foundation (major support given to Classical Sundays at Six) for their leadership grants. 

To make your contribution, please visit stjla.org/musicfriends. You can also contribute by sending a check made payable to Great Music at St. James and mailed to

Great Music at St. James
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA   90010

Thank you!

Archangel - $5,000
Angel - $2,500
Sustaining Sponsor - $1,000
Benefactor - $500
Patron - $250
Associate - $125
Contributor - $65
Donor - $25

2022-23

Music Event Schedule

All concerts are free of charge and live streamed. 

October 9 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:15 PM. 

Please note the new time.

The Choir of Saint James will sing this service in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. Music will include the Evening Canticles by Herbert Howells (Collegium Regale), “Lord, thou hast been our refuge” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Song for Athene" by John Tavener, “Beati quorum via” by C. V. Stanford and the Responses by William Smith. Organ music will include “Rhapsody in C-sharp Minor” by Herbert Howells and “Nimrod” by Edward Elgar. Freewill offering.

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October 16 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Raúl Prieto Ramírez is San Diego Civic Organist where he presents over 55 concerts a year - most of which entirely from memory. His career is primarily that of a concert artist with a busy schedule that takes him to major festivals and concert halls around the world. He is also regularly featured for master classes both sides of the Atlantic. His performances have been described by critics as “sizzling”, iconoclastic”, “impeccable”, and “transcendent”.

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October 23 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Andrew Brownell & Steven Vanhauwert, piano duo

Wagner (arr. von Bülow) – Tannhäuser Overture
Poulenc – Sonata
Schubert – Divertissement à la hongroise

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October 30 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Michele Zukovsky & The Capitol Ensemble

Clarinetist Michele Zukovsky solos with Phillip Levy, violin and members of the Capitol Ensemble

Maya Magub, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; and Michael Kaufman, cello

Brahms - Clarinet Quintet and other music to be announced.

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November 6 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Cristina Montes Mateo & Friends

Cristina Montes Mateo, harp
Susan Greenberg, flute
Judith Farmer, bassoon
David Rejano, trombone

Music by Mahler, Ravel, Ibert, Saint-Saëns, Massenet and more.

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November 13 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:15 PM.

Please note the new time.

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November 20 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series

Maxine Thévenot

Acclaimed for her “solid musicianship … technical security and poise” by The American Organist magazine, Maxine Thévenot is hailed across North America and Europe for her skillful, musical playing and inventive programming. Dr. Thévenot’s solo recital career has taken her throughout Europe, UK, in every major city across Canada, and in 42 of the 50 United States.

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November 27 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Latsos Piano Duo

Giorgi Latso and Anna Fedorova-Latso, piano

Mozart – Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major, K. 521
Schubert – Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in B-flat major, D. 617
Mendelssohn – Andante and Allegro assai vivace, Opus 92

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December 4 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Impromptu Winds

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December 11 | 4:15 PM

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
The Choir of Saint James

Patterned after the ever-popular Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, in Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Third Sunday of Advent.

Please note the new time.

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December 18

No concert this day.

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January 2023

 

No Evensong this month.

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January 8 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Roberto Cani, violin
Svetlana Smolina, piano

Ravel - Violin Sonata No. 2
Richard Strauss - Violin Sonata

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January 15 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series

Damin Spritzer

Dr. Damin Spritzer is Area Chair and Associate Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma and continues to work with the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for Cathedral Arts. Formerly Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas teaching Organ Literature and Sacred Music, she is active in the Dallas and Oklahoma City Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and serves on committees for the Organ Historical Society, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and Organlive Media Foundation. She received her doctorate from the University of North Texas, her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. 

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January 29 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra
Carlo Ponti, conductor

Mozart: Divertimento No. 1 in D major, K.136
Tchaikovsky: Elegy in G Major for String Orchestra, TH 51
Frank Martin: Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Timpani, Percussion and Strings

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February 5 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Crossroads School EMMI Chamber Orchestra

Emerging Artists from The Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Treger.

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February 12 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:15 PM.
Please note the new time.

This is followed at 6 PM with Classical Sundays at Six presenting a special International Laureates Organ Series Duo Recital in cooperation with the Clarence Mader Foundation:

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6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
in cooperation with the Clarence Mader Foundation
Stephen Tharp & David Briggs

Midnight Toccatas and More!

This special concert features a prize-winning composition performed by internationally-acclaimed organists, David Briggs and Stephen Tharp. Midnight Toccatas by Aaron Travers, Associate Professor of Composition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, was the winning work from among 42 entries in the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund's 50th anniversary Composition Competition. In addition to each artist performing Midnight Toccatas separately in their own interpretations, the program also includes the organists’ own transcriptions of Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner), Carnival (Dvořák) and Daphnis et Chloe (Ravel). A bonus feature will be an interview and audience Q&A with Dr. Aaron Travers moderated by Dr. Frank Ticheli.

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February 19 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Peter Wittenberg, piano

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March 5 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Colburn Youth Orchestra
Maxim Eshkenazy, conductor

Emerging Artists: The Colburn Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Maxim Eshkenazy.

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March 12 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:15 PM.
Please note the new time.

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March 19 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Jonathan Ryan

Acclaimed as "one of the brightest younger artists in the field today" (The Diapason), Jonathan Ryan consistently elicits acclaim for his "considerable depth of musicianship, imagination, and passion" (Ibid.), "sense of architecture" (Choir & Organ), and "great sensitivity within the composer's spirit" (Frankfurter Neue Presse).

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March 26 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The Capitol Ensemble

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April 2 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Neal Stulberg

Neal Stulberg, piano
Thomasz Golka, violin
Thomas Loewenheim, cello 

Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 in B major Opus, 8
Dvorák – Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Opus 90, "Dumky"

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April 9

Easter Sunday

No Evensong this month.

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April 16 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Formosa Quartet

Jasmine Lin & Wayne Lee, violins
Che-Yen Chen, viola
Deborah Pae, cello

Mozart – String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
Schumann – String Quartet in F major, Opus 41, No. 2

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April 23 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
James Kealey

A prize-winning young organist, James Kealey is the full time Associate Director of Music/Organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. In this capacity, James accompanies the Chancel Choir and directs the Third Church Choristers. Alongside this position, James is a candidate for the Doctor of Music Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY in the studio of Prof David Higgs.

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May 7 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Honors Ensembles from the Colburn School's Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute

 

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May 14 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:15 PM.
Please note the new time.

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May 21 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble

Works to be announced

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May 28 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Finn Sagal, baritone
Wendy Caldwell, piano

Schubert - Schwanengesang, D. 957

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